Special Education Services

Special Education Services

  • Students with disabilities deserve the same school experience as their peers in general education/traditional classrooms.

    Every child eligible for special education services will have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP team, which includes parents, focuses on helping each student develop the academic, functional and social skills they need to become as self-sufficient as possible.

    If you have a child with special education, health-related, or accessibility needs, please contact the Office of Specialized Services at 651-767-8321 before submitting a school application. You may also contact the principal at your school of choice to find out if appropriate services are available.

    Special Education Services
    All schools have some special education and related services; however, not all services are available at every school. The following is a list of special education services available in every elementary, middle and senior high school:

    • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) 
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) 
    • Visually Impaired (VI) 
    • Classroom support for students with less severe Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD) 
    • Speech and language services (SL) 
    • Consultation for Other Health Disability/ Traumatic Brain Injury/Physical Impairment: special and general education teachers work with districtwide staff to provide appropriate services for individual students 
    • Developmental Delay (Elementary) (DD)

    Related Services Include:

    • School Social Work (SSW) 
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) 
    • Physical Therapy (PT) 
    • Developmental Adaptive Physical Education (DAPE) 
    • Nursing services 
    • Orientation and mobility services to help students adapt to their school and community environment 
    • Work experience services; transition instruction for life after school and assistance for job training opportunities (high schools only) 
    • Audiology 

    Students with more significant needs, especially in the areas of Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD), may require services through a specialized program for more than half of the school day. If the IEP specifies more than half of the school day is needed for academic and behavioral support for any of these three areas, the child will be assigned to a school in their area that offers these services. Parents can work with their child’s IEP team to learn more about appropriate school choices.

Special Education Services/Programs by Area

Special Education Sites

  • Our dedicated special education programs provide support and services for students with needs that may not be met in traditional school settings. Students are referred to these programs through their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Bridge View School
    350 Colborne St. | spps.org/bridgeview | 651-293-8640 | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    • Bridge View School is a K-12 specialized school that serves the learning needs of students with moderate-severe developmental disabilities.
    • A highly trained and dedicated staff creates a meaningful school experience that enriches the lives of students in academics and independent living skills.
    • Bridge View School individually helps students learn to communicate, make choices and experience the world in which they live.
    • Bridge View offers a variety of related services such as a therapeutic pool, music therapy, speech, occupational and physical therapy, social work and nursing, as well as an adaptive playground.
    • Staff work closely with parents to set achievable goals for their child.

    Focus Beyond
    340 Colborne St. | spps.org/focusbeyond | 651-293-5997 | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    • Our program works with young adults ages 18-21 who have unmet special education needs.
    • Teachers, specialists and community partners work closely with students to help them learn the skills they need for employment, post-secondary opportunities and independent living.
    • Our program offers vocational training labs, community-based settings, and on-site seminars in employment, independent living, communication safety, self-advocacy and career planning.
    • Focus Beyond gives students the skills and resources they need for a successful transition from school to the community.

    Journeys Secondary
    90 S. Western Ave. | spps.org/journeys | 651-744-1900 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    • At Journeys, we don’t let labels define us.
    • Our school gives students with emotional or behavioral disabilities a structured place to learn skills and gain confidence.
    • Students concentrate on academics in the morning and participate in career and job-related activities in the afternoon, preparing them for life after high school.
    • Our small school allows students to focus on what matters for their future. As they move through our program, they may discover a hidden talent or a new interest that will take them through adulthood.

    RiverEast Elementary and Secondary
    1055 Mackubin St. | spps.org/rivereast | 651-312-9030 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    • With a mental health focus, our program provides therapeutic services to students in grades K-8. Small class sizes – no more than eight students per teacher – mean lots of individualized attention.
    • Each classroom is assigned a special education teacher, a paraprofessional and a mental health practitioner.
    • Our dedicated staff works closely with caregivers, doctors and case managers to ensure a program that meets each student’s needs.
    • Through our motivational behavior program, students work in a token economy by earning points for demonstrating skills and participating in therapy.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

  • The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is a collaboration of parents, teachers and interested community members who provide input on special education issues to the assistant superintendent of the Office of Specialized Services. For more information, contact Jackie Kelly at 651-767-3437 or jackie.kelly@spps.org.

Contact Information

  • Special Education
    651-767-8321
    spps.org/specialed

    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Specialized Schools and Programs
    • Specialized Services